07/27/15 4:56pm

Monique Miles

Miles to discuss Alexandria’s West End Business Development and Economic Vitality

Alexandria, Virginia City Council candidate Monique Miles will host her first town hall in Alexandria’s West End this Wednesday. She looks forward to hearing from residents and business owners about revitalizing the West End and public safety concerns.

Discussion topics to include the Landmark Mall redevelopment and the Mark Center as well as public safety, transportation, planning and zoning, and housing issues.

The town hall will be Wednesday, July 29 at 6:30 PM at the Leasing Office of The Point at Alexandria, located at 205 Century Place, Alexandria, VA 22304.

This will be one of many opportunities for civic engagement with Monique Miles.

07/27/15 4:41pm

Lena's Wood-Fired Pizza + Tap at Yates Corner
A new wood-fired Pizza restaurant called ‘Lena’s Wood-Fired Pizza + Tap‘ is opening at Yates Corner (Mount Vernon Avenue and Braddock Road) in the Rosemont neighborhood area, located near the Braddock Road Metro station.

The new joint will be opening in September as American Real Estate Partners just received the building permits TODAY from the City of Alexandria. Construction is expected to start next week. The joint will have 120 seats and will have outdoor seating. We hear there will be an outdoor fire pit on the plaza at Yates Corner as well. Check out the rendering above…

(Rendering via Beckmann Architects on Facebook)

07/27/15 3:57pm

Flash Flood

UPDATE (5:00 PM):: This warning has been cancelled by the NWS.

The National Weather Service (NWS) has issued the following Flash Flood Warning for Alexandria, Virginia and the surrounding area from NOW until 6:45 PM TONIGHT (Monday, July 27, 2015).

What’s the difference between a Flash Flood Watch and a Flash Flood Warning? Click this link.

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN STERLING VIRGINIA HAS ISSUED A

* FLASH FLOOD WARNING FOR…
THE CENTRAL DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA…
EAST CENTRAL FAIRFAX COUNTY IN NORTHERN VIRGINIA…
THE CITY OF ALEXANDRIA IN NORTHERN VIRGINIA…
ARLINGTON COUNTY IN NORTHERN VIRGINIA…
THE CITY OF FALLS CHURCH IN NORTHERN VIRGINIA…

* UNTIL 645 PM EDT

* AT 344 PM EDT…DOPPLER RADAR INDICATED A THUNDERSTORM PRODUCING
HEAVY RAIN ACROSS THE AREA. UP TO ONE INCH OF RAIN HAS ALREADY
FALLEN. FLASH FLOODING IS EXPECTED TO BEGIN SHORTLY.

THIS INCLUDES FLOOD PRONE ROADS LOCATIONS
MILITARY ROAD AT 36TH ROAD…18TH STREET AT UPTON STREET…17TH
STREET NORTH AT NORTH BUCHANAN ST…SOUTH TROY STREET NEAR LONG
BRANCH…BRADDOCK ROAD AT WEST STREET…AND RHODE ISLAND AVENUE
NORTHEAST BETWEEN 2ND AND CAPI.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…

DO NOT ENTER OR CROSS FLOWING WATER OR WATER OF UNKNOWN DEPTH.

07/27/15 3:51pm

Thunderstorms over Alexandria, VA
The NWS has issued a Severe Thunderstorm Warning for Alexandria until 4:30 PM, seek shelter immediately!

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN STERLING VIRGINIA HAS ISSUED A

* SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING FOR…
THE SOUTHERN DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA…
WEST CENTRAL PRINCE GEORGES COUNTY IN CENTRAL MARYLAND…
EAST CENTRAL FAIRFAX COUNTY IN NORTHERN VIRGINIA…
THE CITY OF ALEXANDRIA IN NORTHERN VIRGINIA…
ARLINGTON COUNTY IN NORTHERN VIRGINIA…

* UNTIL 430 PM EDT

* AT 339 PM EDT…DOPPLER RADAR INDICATED A SEVERE THUNDERSTORM
CAPABLE OF PRODUCING QUARTER SIZE HAIL AND DAMAGING WINDS IN EXCESS
OF 60 MPH. THIS STORM WAS LOCATED OVER CRYSTAL CITY…AND MOVING
SOUTHEAST AT 5 MPH.

* LOCATIONS IMPACTED INCLUDE…
ARLINGTON…NATIONALS PARK…CRYSTAL CITY…HUNTINGTON…ROSSLYN…
GROVETON…BALLSTON…US CAPITOL…ANACOSTIA…GEORGETOWN…HYBLA
VALLEY…MARLOW HEIGHTS…FOREST HEIGHTS…ROCK CREEK…THE MALL…
BOLLING AIR FORCE…BARCROFT…JEFFERSON MANOR…CHERRYDALE AND
WESTOVER.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…

SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS PRODUCE DAMAGING WINDS…LARGE HAIL…DEADLY
LIGHTNING AND VERY HEAVY RAIN. FOR YOUR PROTECTION…MOVE TO AN
INTERIOR ROOM ON THE LOWEST FLOOR OF YOUR HOME OR BUSINESS. HEAVY
RAINS FLOOD ROADS QUICKLY SO DO NOT DRIVE INTO AREAS WHERE WATER
COVERS THE ROAD.

07/27/15 2:54pm

Alexandria, Virginia
Will Alexandria Consider A Municipal Network?

The City of Alexandria is asking the private and nonprofit broadband industry and other interested parties to help evaluate the possibility of upgrading broadband Internet infrastructure in Alexandria. The City has issued a formal Request for Information (RFI), marking an exploratory step in reviewing options to ensure that Alexandria has the digital infrastructure it needs for both the City government and residential and commercial use.

“Alexandria has long been a leader in local government technology, and home to thousands of residents and businesses that rely on access to broadband Internet,” said Mayor William D. Euille.  “This RFI is an opportunity for the market – and anyone else – to help give us ideas about how to begin an exciting new chapter in municipal and community broadband in Alexandria.”

The RFI addresses two separate but complementary City initiatives.  First, the City plans to upgrade its fiber backbone infrastructure to support data transport among the City’s public institutions, including schools, libraries, public safety buildings, and other City facilities.  The current institutional network, or “ I-Net,” which was the first network of its kind in Virginia, now connects nearly 95 municipal and educational facilities.   Second, the City wishes to enhance broadband connectivity for Alexandria’s residents, businesses, and anchor institutions, by expanding the range and quality of available broadband and data transport services.  This may include both additional broadband providers, and additional broadband infrastructure such as fiber to the premises (FTTP).

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07/27/15 2:13pm
BADGE - USA - VA - City of Alexandria Sherifff (badge patch)

Alexandria Sheriff Dana Lawhorne is proud to announce that the Alexandria Sheriff’s Office has been reaccredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. (CALEA). The Office received its formal reaccreditation at a ceremony Saturday, July 25, during CALEA’s summer conference in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

As part of the reaccreditation process, CALEA assessors visited the Sheriff’s Office in April for a three-day on-site assessment to examine the Office’s policies and procedures, management, operations, and support services related to law enforcement. While the Alexandria Police Department is the primary law enforcement agency for the City of Alexandria, the Sheriff’s Office does have law enforcement responsibilities, serving as a secondary responder with its primary mission of operating the William G. Truesdale Adult Detention Center, managing courthouse security, transporting prisoners, and serving legal process and warrants.

The CALEA assessors evaluated the Sheriff’s Office on its compliance with more than 300 standards related to law enforcement. In its very favorable assessment report, the CALEA assessment team noted that the Office is a “proactive agency geared towards working with the community, surrounding law enforcement agencies, municipal government, and city leaders. In the face of budgetary and personnel constraints the agency has been successful in adopting innovative approaches to effectively serve the community.”

CALEA first accredited the Alexandria Sheriff’s Office in July 1990 and the Office has been reaccredited every term since then. The Office is also accredited by the American Correctional Association and the National Commission on Correctional Health Care and certified by the Virginia Department of Criminal Justice Services and the Virginia Department of Corrections.

(Image via Dave Conner, on Flickr)